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40 Inspirational Sunflower Quotes to Learn From

Published on May 14, 2020 6:10 AM EST
Inspiration Sunflower Quotes to Learn From

There are a lot of lessons that we can learn from nature and gardening as shown by the following sunflower quotes. 

Sunflowers are one of the most recognizable flowers. They have large brown centers and deep golden petals all around. But the thing that makes them the easiest to recognize is that they can grow over six feet tall. The large size of these flowers paired with the beautiful yellow petals makes them exquisite to look at if you happen to see a field of them. 

Inspiration Sunflower Quotes to Learn From

What makes sunflowers special?

Another thing that makes these flowers special is that they follow the sun throughout the day. They turn their heads to soak in the sunshine. These unique flowers are not only pleasing to the eye, but they can teach us some important lessons about life. 

Below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and thought-provoking sunflower quotes, sayings, and proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Don’t forget to also check out these blooming flower quotes that will make you appreciate the beauty around you.

Sunflower quotes about pushing through hard times

1. “Sunflowers end up facing the sun, but they go through a lot of dirt to find their way there.” ― J.R. Rim

2. “Turn your face to the sun, and shadows follow behind you.” – Maori Proverb

3. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” – Helen Keller

4. “I want to be like a sunflower so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.” – Unknown

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Inspirational sunflower quotes

5. “If roses tried to be sunflowers, they would lose their beauty; and if sunflowers tried to be roses, they would lose their strength.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

6. “True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time.” – Marie Williams Johnstone

7. “We’re all golden sunflowers inside.” – Allen Ginsberg

8. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevensen

9. “Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.” – Old French Proverb

10. “As for marigolds, poppies, hollyhocks, and valorous sunflowers, we shall never have a garden without them, both for their own sake, and for the sake of old-fashioned folks, who used to love them.” – Henry Ward Beecher

11. “Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows.” – Jean Paul

Thought-provoking sunflower quotes

12. “The head of all flower heads is one flower; the sunflower in the sky, that gives the others vivid color stemming from the inside.” ― Curtis Tyrone Jones

13. “The sunflower is a favorite emblem of constancy.” – Thomas Bulfinch

14. “Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.” ― Henry Ward Beecher

15. “Never look directly at the sun, instead look at the sunflower.” – Vera Nazarian

16. “A sunflower poem: The lofty follower of the sun, Sad when he sets, shuts up her yellow leaves, Drooping all night; and when he warm returns. Points her enamor’d bosom to his ray.” – James Thomson

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17. “Which makes it ironic my favorite flower isn’t even indigenous to the British Isles, let alone Yorkshire. I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me, that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.” – Tim Firth

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Beautiful sunflower quotes

18. “And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood.” – William Cullen Bryant

19. “The road to freedom is bordered with sunflowers.” – Martin Firrell

20. “All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too.” – Miranda Kerr

21. “A sunflower field is like a sky with a thousand suns.” – Corina Abdulahm-Negura

22. “Does she realize she looks like a sunflower, ready to rain sunlight on all who look down upon her?” – Simone Elkeles

23. “Light-enchanted sunflower, thou Who gazest ever true and tender On the sun’s revolving splendour.” – Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Sunflower quotes to brighten your day

24. “I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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25. “Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

26. “Her smile put the sunflower to shame.” – Jerry Spinelli

27. “If I were a flower… I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, turn my back to darkness, stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.” – Pam Stewart

28. “Bring me then the plant that points to those bright Lucidites swirling up from the earth, and life itself exhaling that central breath! Bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light.” – Eugenio Montale

29. “And here the sunflower of the spring burns bright in the morning’s beam.” – Ebenezer Elliott

30. “In the morning the sunflower blossoms due to the sun’s rays. This morning I just wanted to remind you that my heart blossoms with love for you every day I wake up and it is going to do that forever.” – Sheila Carey

More sunflower quotes

31. “Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.” – Kahlil Gibran

32. “Space for the sunflower, bright with yellow glow, To court the sky.” – Unknown

33. “Despite knowing they won’t be here for long, they still choose to live their brightest lives — sunflowers.” – Rupi Kaur

34. “Sunflowers are like people to me.” – Joan Mitchell

35. “The sunflower is mine, in a way.” – Vincent Van Gogh

36. “A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like woman too.” – Unknown

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37. “Like a single sunbeam on a warm summer day, there is an exuberance and brilliance in a sunflower.” – Unknown

38. “Mom has a massive sunflower for a soul so big there’s hardly any room in her for organs.” ―Jandy Nelson

39. “Which way will the sunflower turn surrounded by millions of suns?” –
Allen Ginsberg

40. “Big doesn’t necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren’t better than violets.” – Edna Ferber

Be like the sunflower

Model your life after the sunflower. When times are tough, make sure that you stay focused on the positive things in the same way that the sunflower keeps its face turned towards the sun.

Do your best to mimic the brightness of the yellow petals in your demeanor and the way that you treat people. And, remember to stand tall the same way the sunflower does. Don’t be afraid to show the world all the things that make you unique and special. 

Keep a few of the quotes from above around in places where you will see them and be reminded of them throughout your day. 

What’s your biggest takeaway from these beautiful sunflower quotes? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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